published Friday, February 17th, 2012

Whose behind is his?

County Commissioner Fred Skillern has a legendary reputation around the county courthouse for his exercise of raw political power -- and intimidating manipulation of some of his fellow commissioners -- in pursuit of his misguided personal agenda to control the county school board and the school system's superintendent. But the general public has rarely been given a window through which to see how Skillern works, and the unbridled attitude he brings to his myopic mission.

The public at last got a good glimpse of that Thursday morning when this paper's county government reporter Ansley Haman detailed Skillern's unvarnished tirade against Commissioner Greg Beck and Superintendent Rick Smith outside the commission's meeting chambers.

"His ass is mine," Skillern said of Smith, while sitting in the commission's mail room and scolding Beck for opposing his efforts to block release of $1.1 million in PILOT funds to the school system. "You let me down again," Skillern admonished Beck, who moments earlier had come out on the winning side of a 6-3 vote by the commission to release the funds to the school system.

Skillern, who last year led the controversial move to wrongly withhold those funds, ranted to Beck about Smith, the man he had previously tried to install as superintendent over former superintendent Jesse Register and his successor, Jim Scales, both of whom were ultimately hounded out of their jobs by a Skillern-led faction of the commission because they would not bend to the commission's attempted dominance of the school system.

"Rick Smith has lied to me, he's lied to me, and he's lied to me," Skillern said. Raising the specter of his role in removing Register, he went on to suggest not just to Beck, but also to Commissioners Joe Graham and Warren Mackey, that he had the power to make or break a superintendent.

Skillern's claim that Smith had lied in connection with his decision to use the PILOT funds -- "payments in lieu of (school) taxes" made by industries that are granted general property-tax waivers -- apparently involved Skillern's discussions with Smith over school priorities for those funds. Skillern told Beck that Smith had agreed with him to use the funds to replace the Falling Water and Ganns Middle Valley schools.

"I had Smith agree to use that money at that time," Skillern said. "Rick Smith has lied to me, he's lied to me, and he's lied to me." Smith told Haman later that he had not made an agreement with Skillern on which schools would receive funding, and that he had never lied to Skillern.

County school board chairman Mike Evatt backed up Smith's view. He said Skillern had presented his priorities for school buildings, but that he, too, had made no commitments to Skillern. He also dismissed Skillern's claim earlier Wednesday that "Rick Smith's not running the school system. Mike Evatt is running the school system."

"You don't run a school system from sitting on the board," said Evatt. "That's not my job."

Haman heard Skillern's remarks while waiting outside the mailroom to speak with the commissioners about the PILOT vote. She could easily be seen by Skillern taking notes as he ranted.

His remarks clearly confirm, as if further confirmation were needed, precisely how some county commissioners use their budget leverage to wrongly force the elected school board to kowtow to commissioners' agenda for the release and spending of school funds. This is not the relationship envisioned under the state law that established an elected and independent school board charged with overseeing the school system.

This master-servant relationship would promptly change if Hamilton County's voters would commit to vote for commissioners who would eschew the egregious practice of trying to control the school board and its superintendent. They might rise under the banner of Skillern's mantra, "his ass is mine."

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sandyonsignal said...

Skillern needs to resign now. This sleaziness taints our commission and school board. The article yesterday pointed out to his interference all along from Jesse Register to Rick Smith. The taxpayers of Hamilton County spent thousands of dollars to search for qualified candidates to lead our school system only to be undermined by a high-school drop out, bigoted commissioner. He is no role model for our county. He is an embarrassment.

Many times we have seen Skillern violate the Sunshine Laws by talking about votes in private to other Commissioners. When will something be done about this?

February 17, 2012 at 6:46 a.m.
ldurham said...

Fred Skillern is one of our best public servants. He has held the line on tax increases better than any other, resulting in a leaner, less-bloated government. The TFP has been out to get him for decades, but the old boy wins every election, usually without opposition, because the voters of his district appreciate him. If he calls someone a liar, it's because they've lied to him. He's honest to a fault, and calls it like he sees it. Every now and then, someone from the Times Free Press eavesdrops on him, and reports what they think they hear. How interesting it would be if they reported the private conversations of their beloved liberals, or even in the newsroom itself. Overheard in the TFP newsroom: "I was listening outside a door, and Fred Skillern was angry." "Hallelujah! Let's get him!" Sorry, TFP. He'll be there as long as he lives. Despite your continuing efforts to destroy him.

Will you be sending out rabbit-eared reporters today to hide in the bushes and listen to your Democrat heroes Andy Berke, Tommie Brown, and Joanne Favors? Let's hear what they're saying in their private moments.

February 17, 2012 at 8:14 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

When you work for the public and you are in a public street, you should not expect to have a private moment. The sunshine laws are there for a reason. He is conducting OUR business, not his. If he doesn't want to uphold the law, he violates his oath, and he should be gone.

Idurham, when rabbit ears are already tuned to all the population, your comment only shows petty partisanship.

February 17, 2012 at 8:35 a.m.
zendoe said...

http://www.morningliberty.com/2012/02/16/poor-america-p-a-n-o-r-a-m-a-bbc-documentary/ Could this be a form of 'Social cleansing' without the need of war or disease inflicted by the orchestrators – simply a controlled bout of poverty? Or is this the forced education that only condition children to know only a certain amount of knowledge that can only ever see them progress in working environments such as confined offices within the 'Human Zoo' qualities within the desperately overcrowded cities.

February 17, 2012 at 9 a.m.
zendoe said...

Poor America – P a n o r a m a [B B C] – Broadcast Date: 13th February 2012

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POOR AMERICA

With one and a half million (1.5 million) American children now homeless, reporter Hilary Andersson meets the school pupils who go hungry in the richest country on Earth. From those living in the storm drains under Las Vegas to the tent cities now springing up around the United States, P a n o r a m a finds out how the poor are surviving in America and asks whatever happened to the supposed 'government' and the Real People in charge – those who you 'don't see' pulling on the strings; and their vision and welfare for the country.link text

February 17, 2012 at 9:02 a.m.
timbo said...

Skillern helped get rid of two big spending, Public Education Foundation butt kissing, HCDE ,bureaucrats. The school system is better off. We need to give Skillern a medal.

Skillern's problem is that he was lied to by Smith. Where we come from, that is really important. Now, since Harry Austin and you liberals virtually lie every day it probably seems like business as usual. I know that the truth really doesn't matter to you people. The power structure doesn't care about truth either. They just want to get their way.

The main problem is that Fred doesn't bow down to the TFP, Harry Austin, the PEF, or anyone else. As far as I am concerned, if Smith is going to go along with the same old bunch that Register and Scales went along with, then go get them Fred.

The TFP is good for two things, wrapping fish, and emergency toilet paper. Harry Austin's editorials make the best toilet paper. That gives it the respect it deserves.

I just heard that Media Matters was sending PI's to investigate reporters for Fox News. Maybe we need to do that with TFP editorial writers to show just how far their noses are up the power structure. Every once and a while you liberals have a good idea.

February 17, 2012 at 9:56 a.m.
zendoe said...

Martial Law – Barry Soetoro and His Buddies Believe In

It gets kinda confusing some times. So much is now going on around us, it 's touch to recognize who our friends are and who the enemy is. The Beltway Bandits, TPTB think they have everything all lined up for their NWO.

The CIA does control most of the drugs that are brought into the United States and much of the drugs that are delivered around the world. Every war has been a False Flag event and our grandfathers volunteered to fight Commusim, in their day. NWO troops may be waiting to pounce upon America from Mexico, from Florida, from the Great Lakes area, from California, from Washington and from Texas. Even in Europe the EU is a unified conspiracy to help bring in the TPTB NWO.

Robert Hender " R J " Wed July 28, 2010 Subject; Martial Law Raady – Interview with Thomas Gambill – NWO Fighters

<p>www.morningliberty.com

Every weekday morning I get to interview people at www.republicbroadcasting.org in an effort to shine more light on the dark TPTB and their evil plans. I am willing to do this work, but even I get surprised some times.

Gambill claims that FDR anticipated bringing alien troops in to the USA to forment Civil War. Civil war may be what TPTB still want in America.

Gambill claims that U N and Russian Troops are already waiting for a Go Ahead order to invade America, up in the Great Lakes area. Gambill claims that between 2 million and 3 million U N Multi Jurisdictional Task Forces are already in America, waiting for their orders. Gambill also claims that Black Water has been helping to train Street Gangs in California, Malitia personnel in Mexico and other locations for a military move against America.

Would Russian Troops or Cuban Troops come against America?

In the Congo the United States has a contract with the official Unified Organized Conspiracy.

Listen for yourself, make up your own mind.

The Morning Liberty Program – Wednesday July 28, 2010
Listen to Hour 1 Listen to Hour 2 link text

February 17, 2012 at 11:59 a.m.
GranJan said...

Not my side of the editorial page, but when it was about Fred Skillern I had to read. He is too much of the old time political (he try's to be) who have gone before him. Some of these have died and some have gone on to Jail.. He try's to keep his constituents in tow by say He keep the taxes low!. Education is important to our community and if we need to pay for it, it is to the betterment of our community. We are retired and on a fixed income and don't like to pay excessive taxes, but Fred there is more to Education than reading, writing and arithmetic!

February 17, 2012 at 12:35 p.m.
zendoe said...

link text

Alabama:

Opelika WWII German/Italian POW camp now being renovated.

Alaska:

Wilds of Alaska possibly East of Anchorage.

No access by road however, there is a railway system.

Facility holds 500,000 people.

Arizona:

Ft. Huachua, 20 miles from the Mexican border, 30 miles from Nogales. Rex 84 program. Emergency Custodial Facility.

Florence WWII German/Italian POW camp now being renovated.

Pinal County Gila River. Renovated WWII Japanese-American special internment detention facility.

Yuma County Colorado River. Renovated WWII Japanese-American special internment detention facility.

Arkansas:

Ft. Chaffee Has a new runway for aircraft, new detention camp facilities with cap of 20,000 prisoners.

Chicot/Drew Counties Jerome. Renovated spec Interment camps for Japanese Americans WWII.

Descha County Rohwer. Renovated WWII Japanese-American special internment detention centers.

Blythville AFB This base was closed but is now being used as a camp location. New wooden barracks have been constructed at this location. This camp is surrounded by high wire topped with barbed wire, and has guard towers.

Berryville FEMA facility located east of Eureaka on Hwy 62.

Omaha FEMA facility located on Hwy 65 south of old wood processing plant. It is on an old dirt road that leads to a toxic waste dump. Note: The facility in Miss. is also located on an old toxic waste dump.

California:

Oakdale Ca 90 miles East of San Francisco on HWY 120. Holds a minimum of 15,000 people. REX 84 program, Emergence Custodial Facility.

Vandenberg AFB Located midway between San Louis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. The base is on Hwy 1 and close to Hwy 101. REX 84 program, Emergency Custodial Facility.

Ft. Irwin Irwin is a remote Mtn region south of Death Valley, National Monument. This base is designated as inactive however, there is a concentration camp located at this facility about 30 miles from Interstate 15 in Barstow.

Inyo County Manzana. Renovated WWII Japanese-American special internment detention center.

Modoc County Tulelake. Renovated WWII Japanese-American special internment detention facility.

Sacramento Army Depot No specific data at this time.
February 17, 2012 at 12:50 p.m.
zendoe said...
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Another hidden secret in Obamacare “RFID Chip Implants” « on: February 15, 2012, 08:44:58 PM » Quote

This new law requires an RFID chip implanted in all of us. This chip will not only contain your personal information with tracking capability but it will also be linked to your bank account. And get this, Page 1004 of the new law (dictating the timing of this chip), reads, and I quote: “Not later than 36 months after the date of the enactment”. It is now the law of the land that by March 23rd 2013 we will all be required to have an RFID chip underneath our skin

Make of this what you will folks :o

SOURCE: http://polidics.com/news/another-hidden-secret-in-obamacare-rfid-chip-implants.html http://www.alienexistence.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=ea1454df938e17334be423a76e8fe20b&topic=6931.msg23820;topicseen#new

February 17, 2012 at 12:54 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

zendoe said... Another hidden secret in Obamacare “RFID Chip Implants” « on: February 15, 2012, 08:44:58 PM » Quote "This new law requires an RFID chip implanted in all of us. This chip will not only contain your personal information with tracking capability but it will also be linked to your bank account. And get this, Page 1004 of the new law (dictating the timing of this chip), reads, and I quote: “Not later than 36 months after the date of the enactment”. It is now the law of the land that by March 23rd 2013 we will all be required to have an RFID chip underneath our skin Make of this what you will folks :o"

Fear is the mind killer honey. Your links show old information and lots of fear about something that did not happen. Check for yourself. The launguage is not at all how you say.

".............. Some of the claims on the internet also reference a medical device registry found in HR 3200, “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.” This reference is moot because the bill never became law. The bill that was recently passed by Congress over the objections of the majority the country was HR 3590, “the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” A search of the text of the actual law".............. (http://www.opencongress.org/senate_health_care_bill) turns up no language similar to that of HR 3200. For example, the word “implant” is not found in the bill.

Additionally, of all the references that I have seen claiming an implantable chip mandate in Obamacare, none point to language in the actual law that mandate. The medical device registry referenced in the failed HR 3200 simply created a registry of all devices “used in or on a patient.” In other words, this registry would include all medical devices (e.g. pacemakers, dialysis machines, blood pressure monitors, and maybe even bedpans). What it does not call for is the mandatory implanting of chips in anyone, whether a patient in the now defunct “public option” or not."

Continue reading on Examiner.com Does Obamacare really require implanted microchips? - Atlanta Carroll County Conservative | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/carroll-county-conservative-in-atlanta/does-obamacare-really-require-implanted-microchips#ixzz1mfYmSlzL

February 17, 2012 at 2:38 p.m.
ldurham said...

Tell ya what, GranJan... get out there and run against Fred some time. Let us know how that turns out for you.

February 17, 2012 at 3:11 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Silly Harry Austin, go ahead and get rid of Fred Sillern, but know this. The Soddy Daisy demographic loves Fred Skillern and Rhonda Thurman. I guess you have not considered that their districts love um.

Mr. Editor, you can cry and publish back room gotcha's on tator tot stuff, while ignoring pervasive contract corruption in local government, and guess what, Rhonda Thurman will be elected in Fred's place.

Like you have published in the past, be careful what you wish for Mr. Editor. Adding Rhonda Thurman to the County Commission would achieve better diversity on the County Commission, and the public loves her for a willingness to call down waste. Not sayin I do.

Shhhh! http://littlechicagowatch.com/2012/02/05/land-transaction/

February 17, 2012 at 3:33 p.m.
chet123 said...

REALLY AMAZING TO HEAR POSTERS LIKE IDURHAM,TIMBO,AND GRANJAN DOUBLE DOWN IN SUPPORT OF FRED SKILLERN.....I GAVE WARNING ABOUT THE SODDY-DAISEY TRASH THAT RAN OFF THREE GOOD MEN TO PLACE THEIR MAN IN SO THEY COULD CONTROL EVENTHOUGH RHONDA THURMAN AND SKILLERN HAVE NO DEGREES.....HA HA HA....THIS IS WHY I TOLD MY CHILDREN THEY HAD TO BE BETTER THAN WHITES IN THIS PART OF TENNESSEE.....EQUAL IS NOT GOING TO GET IT.....RHONDA THURMAN COULDNT CUT ATTENDING AND GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE AND SKILLERN DID'NT EVEN HAVE ENOUGH SENSE TO FINISH HIGH SCHOOL....BUT THEY MAKE DECISIONS FOR THOUSAND OF CHILDREN AND TEACHERS AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS....WHAT A JOKE!!!

SKILLERN JUST SHOWED HIS TRUE SIDE....AND THE MEDIA IS PLAYING IT DOWN....WHAT S DOUBLE STANDARD SET OF RULES FOR THIS AREA.....THE CITY SCHOOLS WILL ONLY GET FAIR DEALING WHEN THEY SEPERATE FROM THE RURAL HILLBILLIES THAT ARE JEALOUS AND HAVE A DISDAIN FOR CITY CHILDRENS.......

SKILLERN NEED TO STEP DOWN....BUT I KNOW HE WONT.....IF WILLIAM COTTON HAD DID THE SAME THING YOU WOULD NEVER HEAR THE LAST OF IT..THEY WOULD SET UP AN ENTRAPMENT AGINST MR.COTTON.THIS IS THE DOUBLE STANDARD THAT EXIST IN HAMILTON COUNTY..THIS IS NOT SKILLERN FIRST TIME NOR HIS SECOND TIME NOR THIRD TIME...ITS A PATTERN FOR HIM.....AND ITS PLAYED DOWN AS IF HE'S A "GOOD OLE BOY" CHUCK!CHUCK!CHUCK!THIS IS WHAT WE GET FROM SODDY DAISEY!!!!LOW LIFE TRASH...A UNEDUCATED HAIR DRESSER AND A PROFESSIONAL JUNK YARN MAN WHO COULDNT EVEN FINISH HIGH SCHOOL...AMAZING...REALLY AMAZING!!!SHAME!SHAME!SHAME!

February 17, 2012 at 3:50 p.m.
chet123 said...

AAE1049...THEY LOVE HIM....SO WHAT!!!!ALTON PARK COMMUNITY LOVED WILLIAM COTTON ALSO...OH!!!!! HAMILTON COUNTY CAN GET RID OF SKILLERN....OH YEAHHHHH!HE HAS SOME MAJOR VIOLATIONS.....THEY GOT RID OF MR COTTON...OH I FORGOT..MR COTTON WAS BLACK!!!!....THIS BS GOT TO STOP...IT GOT TO STOP!!!!

February 17, 2012 at 3:56 p.m.
328Kwebsite said...

I found Skillern's comments to be embarrassing and indicative of one who habitually abuses political power. Love him or hate him, this kind of outburst usually signals a need to have ended his career the day before.

February 17, 2012 at 6:34 p.m.
GranJan said...

I so agree 328KWebsite!

February 17, 2012 at 9:26 p.m.
ldurham said...

Go ahead, run off Fred Skillern. Get 9 Harry Austin clones on the County Commission. Watch your taxes skyrocket! Won't that be fun! If you think people are whining now, ask 'em to pay another $200 per year in property tax. Thanks to Fred, you don't have to do that very often. Hang in there, Fred. Don't let the pea-shooters bring you down.

February 17, 2012 at 9:50 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Chet123 The reality is that the Soddy Daisy District that elects Fred Skillern, loves Fred Skillern. The Soddy Daisy District loves Rhonda Thurman, as well. If Fred Skillern is removed, they will elect Rhonda Thurman, not opinion. Their demographics and precinct data supports this.

On the same note, Commissioner Beck is completely incompetent in my opinion, and he just keeps on getting elected. Why? His district loves him for some reason.

February 18, 2012 at 12:06 a.m.

With all the business we have seen with the on again, off again recall of Mayor Littlefield, I have often wondered why the same effort has not been taken against Hamilton County Commissioner Fred Skillern.This man is an embarrassment to all citizens of Hamilton County. His eccentric attitude and good ole boy style of politics should have gone away years ago. He has on numerous occasions made bigoted statements towards other races. The actions and childish behavior concerning Rick Smith, who as a Superintendent of the school system, has made tremendous strides in turning the financial problems around while building the morale of the employees. That statement in itself speaks volumes of his leadership. To hear an elected official, and supposed leader of the community, make remarks that he, "had the power to make or break superintendents" was an out right threat towards Mr. Smith's employment. It is time for the citizens of Hamilton County to stand up to this bully-type behavior and attitude. Because if what Mr. Skillern is stating is true, then he can be held responsible for the hundreds of thousands of tax payers dollars that are going to the school systems previous superintendents, while they are no longer working for the school system.

February 18, 2012 at 8:01 a.m.
EagleEye69 said...

Go get them Fred, Someone has to keep the liberal commies in line.

February 18, 2012 at 11:40 a.m.
EagleEye69 said...

It would also be great to restore disipline to the schools. Tie the school funds to restoring corporal punishment. Any juvenile who speaks to an adult without permission or ending a sentence without the word "Sir" would get their little tail busted. Get the little darlings back on track.

February 18, 2012 at 11:44 a.m.
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